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4. Virginia Rometty named IBM's next chief executive.

4. Virginia Rometty named IBM's next chief executive. [ION] Virginia Rometty, a senior vice president at I.B.M., will be the company’s next chief executive at the start of 2012.  The selection of Ms. Rometty will make her one of the highest-profile women executives in corporate America, joining a small group of women chief executives that includes Ursula Burns of Xerox, Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, Ellen J. Kullman of DuPont and Meg Whitman of Hewlett-Packard.   (Photo and caption via the New York Times)

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